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Stabbing Death On A South Gate Bike Trail, Suspect Sketch Released

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The body of 50-year-old Francisco Rivera was found stabbed to death on a "popular and well travelled" bicycle trail along the LA River in South Gate, and investigators are asking the public for help in locating the suspect, according to a LASD news release.
Sheriff's Homicide investigators have learned that the victim was killed between 9:39PM and 11:30PM, on Friday, July 29, 2011. The body was discovered Saturday, July 30, at 1:30AM. The victim was stabbed to death along a bike trail, adjacent to the Los Angeles River, near the intersection of Burtis Street and Southern Avenue, in South Gate.

Rivera, who immigrated from El Salvador, was reportedly celebrating that night after obtaining his driver's license.

A composite sketch of the suspect has been released. He was seen leaving the area in a light metallic colored Chevy Blazer or GMC Yukon, 1999 or newer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be left at 800-222-8477.